Analog Science Fiction and Fact – June 2007
by Stanley Schmidt (ed)
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: David R. Hardy
Review by Sam Tomaino
Dell Magazines Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 23 April 2007
Links: Analog Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Partial Table of Contents: June 2007: Serial: Queen of Candesce, conclusion, by Karl Schroeder, Novella, The Sans of Titan by Richard A. Lovett, Novelette: On the Bubble by Rajnar Vajra, Short Stories: Father Hagerman's Dog by Scott William Carter, A Zoo in the Jungle by Carl FrederickThe past few months, Analog has been pretty consistent, telling classic stories of problem-solving and triumph. The June 2007 issue carries on that pattern.
"The Sands of Titan" is an exciting story from Richard A. Lovett. A man crash lands on Titan, a very hostile environment. He's in a spacesuit, running out of air, etc and must find his way to safety. He is helped by a sentient AI named Brittney, with the personality of a teenage girl. How they survive makes good reading. Another story that, in the classic Analogmode, is about a man solving a problem in a dire situation is "On The Bubble" by Rajnar Vajra. Fred is confined to a hospice bed but through a new technology, can accompany his granddaughter and her mother on a trip to a fair. He communicates to them through a balloon. When the people he loves are menaced by thugs, he must find a way to help them.
"Father Hagerman's Dog" by Scott William Carter is a nice little tale about a young man selling robotic digs to pay for his college education. Carl Frederick's "A Zoo in a Jungle" is a poignant story about a man literally following in his father's footsteps…to the moon. The issue is rounded out with another amusing Probability Zero story.
So, from a short fiction standpoint, this issue is well worth picking up!